Hen Sleeping on the Floor

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bray, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. bray

    bray Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 16 chickens in a 12' x 10' coop with 3 different roosts varying in height. She used to sleep on the lowest rung by herself, but the past few nights I've noticed her sleeping in the corner by herself. I've even went in and put her on a roost and he jumps down and goes back to the corner. They haven't laid eggs for about 3 weeks now, but I assumed it was due to winter and the stress of being sick a few weeks ago. She isn't showing any symptoms of being sick, runs around hte yard during the day and is eating and drinking with the rest of the flock. She is a Sicilian Buttercup(I have 2 of those) so smaller than the other hens, but I haven't ever seen any of them pick on her. Is this normal? Should I be worried?
     
  2. Dad of the coop

    Dad of the coop Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think this should be a problem as long as the place were she sleeps is dry. I have a partridge rock and sometimes she sleeps on the ground too. I think some chickens just don't have an instinct to sleep off the ground.
     
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    During cold weather some chickens like to sleep on the ground, especially if there is wood chips or some other bedding they can fluff up into a little nest for warmth...
     
  4. Oscarsgravett

    Oscarsgravett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She should be fine a couple of mine used to do this. And as meepbeep said they choose to do this in the winter for extra warmth. The only thing i would watch out for is if she is being pooed on by the others higher up on the roosting bars.
     
  5. bray

    bray Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies, no issues with other chickens getting droppings on her. She sleeps in the corner where a lot of the bedding is and out of poo danger from the roost.
     

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